The message in this video is as foundational as it is profound (in a back to the basics sort of way).
I use this video as an introduction because I believe it rightly defines the Christian life. The complete work accomplished in Jesus live, death, and resurrection restores our union with God. Resultantly, the Christian life should never be defined by what one does for God. It is always defined by the grace expressed through Jesus.
But we still have a life of growth ahead of us, living with God, ignitied by a purpose of magnificent and Divine proportions. If this growth is not defined by a need to perform for God, how should we understand it?
Spiritual formation, (Santification in theological terms, but my preferred laymens term being "Spirit-led formation") has never been given much air time in my life experience. I grew up with a strong sense of justification, but never had many opportunities to explore the "now what?" question. As a result of not asking the question, I was largely shaped by the current of the world around me.
By the time I was a young adult my life had become independent from the faith I professed. Through a series of events I found C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity in my hands a light was shown into the depths of my being.
Since this point I aimlessly pursued Spirit-led formation, with the help at times by mentors who I am eternally grateful for. It was not until recently that I realized I had never really stepped back and evaluated what Spirit-led formation is.
I think I still have more questions then answers. But what was once blurry has began to take shape, and I have found great peace in this.